Name: Labidiosuchus ‭(‬forceps crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lab-e-do-su-kuss.
Named By: A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Kellner,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Figueiredo,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Azevedo‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Campos‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Metasuchia,‭ ‬Notosuchia.
Species: L.‭ ‬amicum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: Unknown due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: Brazil‭ ‬-‭ ‬Marília Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial dentary‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬.

       Though only named for a partial jaw,‭ ‬Labidiosuchus is still quite interesting as reconstructions of the lower jaw have indicated that it would have had a Y-shaped profile,‭ ‬hence the name Labidiosuchus which translates as‭ ‘‬forceps crocodile‭’‬.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new cretaceous notosuchian‭ (‬Mesoeucrocodylia‭) ‬with bizarre dentition from Brazil.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society‭ ‬163:109-115.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Kellner,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Figueiredo,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Azevedo‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Campos‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.


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